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KinderGarden Of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks
FrontPage ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jamie Glazov

Posted on 01/31/2013 8:48:17 AM PST by NCjim

Prior to 9-11, I was your typical New York City-born, Liberal Jew. My Liberalism wasn’t a thoughtful embrace of Left-wing ideology – in fact, very, very few people thoughtfully embrace this ideology. It was more like what Andrew Breitbart called “The default factory setting” for people born into the time, place and culture into which I was born.

Back then I knew what all Modern Liberals know: Democrats are good and Republicans are evil; Democrats like peace and Republicans like war; Democrats like air and Republicans don’t breathe the air or something. I don’t know. This is why David Mamet calls them “brain-dead” Liberals, because there was no intellect behind my Liberalism, it just was.

But even as brain-dead Liberal, 9-11 didn’t surprise me. Of course I didn’t know the date, and I didn’t know the targets and the carnage literally sickened me, but I knew just enough about the world to know that the same people who were massacring the Jews of Israel and people of other religions and cultures around the globe because they were the closest infidels would, when they could, come to massacre the biggest infidels – their so-called “Great Satan.” What surprised me – and ultimately rocked my world – is what I metaphorically call “9-12.” That’s the days and the weeks and the months and now the years after 9-11 and the Liberals’ response to the attacks. The idea that we deserved the attacks – that they were, in the words of Barack Obama’s “spiritual mentor,” Jeremiah Wright, “The chickens coming home to roost” – and that the way to prevent further attacks was to be nicer to the terrorists seemed to me to be nothing short of insane.

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1 posted on 01/31/2013 8:48:21 AM PST by NCjim
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To: NCjim
The old saying is ever true:
A liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet.

2 posted on 01/31/2013 8:52:19 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Another turism:
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."
-- Winston Churchill

3 posted on 01/31/2013 8:54:16 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: NCjim

BUMP


4 posted on 01/31/2013 9:09:04 AM PST by kitkat
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To: Responsibility2nd
A liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet.

When the economy finally collapses, I wonder if we will end up with more "mugged" liberals.

5 posted on 01/31/2013 9:10:42 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Sometimes it takes calamity to lead to serenity - FReeper RacerX1128)
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To: NCjim

Lberals THINK?! Who knew? You certainly can’t ascertain that from anything that they say...


6 posted on 01/31/2013 9:21:58 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Right, but if you are old enough to work and you DO work, you get mugged every April 15!


7 posted on 01/31/2013 9:23:24 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Yeah.

Except, "Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart" is erroneous in most cases.

You've just got a man that has more brains than average, doesn't take as long to learn things, and can learn from the experiences of other people, and not have to be mugged firsthand to get the point.

8 posted on 01/31/2013 9:24:21 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: NCjim
In every case the Modern Liberal, in order to remain indiscriminate, must discriminate against the good, right and successful.

What?

9 posted on 01/31/2013 9:30:36 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: VRW Conspirator

The “all cultures are equal” liberals are in for one big MF surprise, I’ll tell ya.


10 posted on 01/31/2013 9:34:44 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: oldbrowser

I understood that perfectly.

In order for evil to not be discriminated against,
you must treat the good as evil.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 9:35:37 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: oldbrowser
In every case the Modern Liberal, in order to remain indiscriminate, must discriminate against the good, right and successful.

What?

What he's saying in effect is that in the Modern Liberal's quest not to discriminate between good and evil, in fact he has made a choice that favors the evil, by refusing to counter it.

12 posted on 01/31/2013 9:42:35 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: NCjim
Sayet: "Hatred for Judeo-Christian America and the Jews of Israel is nothing less than endemic to Modern Liberalism. Assuming one doesn’t deny that America is exceptionally strong and exceptionally prosperous, how is this to be explained? There are only two possible explanations, either there is something exceptional about America’s culture that leads to this success or there isn’t anything special about America’s culture and therefore not only is this success unjust (why should America be prosperous and strong if she’s nothing special) but, given that America is the strongest and most prosperous nation in human history, the Modern Liberal has no choice but to believe America is the greatest injustice in all of human history."

And this, boys and girls, is the most perfect description of o'bummer's thought process that I've ever seen in all my days.!!

13 posted on 01/31/2013 10:24:09 AM PST by unread
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To: NCjim
Liberals don't bother to listen, so sure they are of their "high-minded" thoughts and beliefs. Argue (or "discuss") today's problems with a liberal and, as soon as you make a valid point they cannot answer, they will throw up a strawman argument (one of their favorites), or just plain change the subject.

They will say "most studies show...", without referencing exactly what "studies", but when you do that, they want you to immediately point out these "studies" or they accuse you of making it all up, that you listen too much to Fox News, etc.

Liberals can hold two completely incongruent ideas in their heads, and believe both of them to be true (example: what they say: free speech, what you say: hate speech). Liberalism is a mental disease.

14 posted on 01/31/2013 10:26:58 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A liberal is a person too broad-minded to take their own side in an argument.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 12:03:08 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: NCjim; chiller; Anima Mundi; ebiskit; TenthAmendmentChampion; Obadiah; Mind-numbed Robot; A.Hun; ...
What you’ll notice about the industries that dominate today’s Democratic Party is that the one thing they have in common is that they don’t make or produce anything tangible. The entirety of both their product and their effort is nothing other than words. Because they don’t do anything or make anything, there is no reason for them to seek out the better ways of doing things and making things. The coin-of-the-realm to those in the Rhetoric Industries is to be clever; there is simply no need for them to be right.
Notice, Dear Reader, that the one “industry” (can it legitimately be called an “industry" when its defining characteristic is that it does not make anything?) that suits the above description best is journalism. And note that the above doesn’t say, “industries dominated by" the Democratic Party but the opposite - industries that dominate" today’s Democratic Party. When people condemn “the media” for “being in the pocket of” the Democratic Party, they have IMHO got the causation backward. Journalism supports the Democratic Party because the Democratic Party goes along with journalism. The Republican Party envies the Democrats that advantage, but it cannot get to the left of the Democratic Party, so journalism heaps contempt on it for attracting people who believe in things like facts and logic.
. . . When all you do is talk you don’t need to know what you’re talking about because, when you don’t do anything, nothing can go wrong. This allows those who have gone from the paradise of childhood directly into careers in the Rhetoric Industries to spend their entire lives not knowing anything more than the small child save for possessing a bigger vocabulary.
Bookmark and Bump.

16 posted on 01/31/2013 3:46:57 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: NCjim

This would explain how liberals can be completely against the death penalty for even the most heinous criminals, but don’t even think twice about exterminating an innocent unborn baby.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 4:39:08 PM PST by dnandell (Christian: "I will die for what I believe." Muslim: "You will die for what I believe.")
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Rush Limbaugh’s stock in trade is words and ideas. Intellectual property is just as much a creator of wealth as anything else man cares to take of this life and fashion into an asset - if we allow it.

I have paid for, and benefited from, many things produced by liberals, particularly as pertains to music and the arts. Can’t say as much for the prevaricating sonofabitch who currently occupies the highest office of the land.

Moderrn so called-journalsim sells and holds power because people are gullible, lazy, and anxious to hear evil about their neighbors, and because they envy the power, both real and imagined, of garnering a wide audience. Let’s not kid ourselves. We’re all out to be gods of one kind or another.


18 posted on 01/31/2013 5:28:03 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

BTTT


19 posted on 02/01/2013 1:15:58 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: NCjim

Very interesting piece. The idea that liberalism is closely related to immaturity is worth pursuing further — I think it nicely explains why liberalism has emerged so abruptly in public life after Reagan. The baby boomers (and I am one of them) came into their own and brought their ethic with them.


20 posted on 02/01/2013 1:28:04 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: NCjim
PS as an example of the "immaturity" mentioned in my post above, this recent commercial conveys the idea perfectly:

Shave like a man

21 posted on 02/01/2013 1:31:36 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Moderrn so called-journalsim sells and holds power because people are gullible, lazy, and anxious to hear evil about their neighbors, and because they envy the power, both real and imagined, of garnering a wide audience.
Sure - modern journalism is designed to sell. And, in selling, to make the journalist look good. One of the ways modern journalism sells is by flattering the audience. If I tell you that you are public-spirited and knowledgable - while I privately think that you can be convinced of anything that I decide to sell you - I am flattering you. Isn’t that what modern journalists are about??
Let’s not kid ourselves. We’re all out to be gods of one kind or another.
We are "inclined to evil as the sparks fly upward.” It requires humility to say that about yourself - and humility is precisely the missing ingredient in journalism. If you sign on as a journalist, you are joining a mutual admiration society. That’s why Dan Rather was so unrepentant when he was caught red-handed selling fraudulent “Texas Air National Guard memos.” He knew that no other journalist would stand up against the consensus that "journalists are objective."

No matter how clear it way to you and me that Rather had run with a story so poorly sourced and so unreasonable - even aside from the proof that the memos weren’t made on a 1970s typewriter, how likely is it that there could be memos like that, getting copied a dozen times, and still not have shown up in the three prior high-profile political races Bush had been in? - Rather knew that he was in a privileged position and was immune from serious criticism. After all, if you can’t trust Dan Rather, why can you trust all the other journalists? The rest of the journalists were utterly unwilling to go there, and Rather knew it.

So journalists know that they are in a mutual admiration society, and when they vouch for the objectivity of one of their own, they are really vouching for their own objectivity. And since in the nature of things no one can know that they themselves are objective, they are all engaged in an exercise in arrogance. When you allow yourself to see it, it is blatantly obvious.

There is only one way to attempt objectivity, and that is to scrutinize your own motives and interests and evaluate how they could affect your perspective - to figure out how where you stand might be determined by where you sit. But any openness to that issue is anathema to people who are claiming that they are inherently objective.


22 posted on 02/01/2013 5:56:26 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Thanks for the ping/post to this thread. BUMP for after work read.


23 posted on 02/03/2013 8:43:38 AM PST by PGalt
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To: VRW Conspirator
When the economy finally collapses, I wonder if we will end up with more "mugged" liberals.

They'll have to act like conservatives, i.e., they'll have to pull their own weight, or starve. But my guess is that they will bitterly criticize the wealthy who, they will remain convinced, are hoarding all the money.

They're like the living dead. They just keep coming.

24 posted on 02/03/2013 8:49:28 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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